Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge review: A wilderness escape

If you are looking for a corporate getaway which provides natural inspiration and facilitates clear thinking, Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge is an ideal venue, writes Craig Donaldson

Nestled discreetly into the Tasmanian wilderness on the edge of World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain–Lake St Clair National Park, Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge is considered one of Australia’s iconic wilderness experiences.

The unique history of the lodge harks back to 1909, when an Austrian-born Australian and amateur botanist by the name of Gustav Weindorfer purchased land in Cradle Valley. He built a small chalet named “Waldheim” so that tourists could stay in the valley and experience Cradle Mountain and its beautiful surrounds. Over the years, Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge has been transformed, and today it is a multi-award winning, world-class boutique wilderness retreat.

A 1½-hour drive from Devonport or a scenic two-hour drive from Launceston, the lodge comprises 86 timber cabins with four accommodation grades: 38 Pencil Pine cabins (at a full rate of $420 per night), 20 spa cabins ($500 per night), 23 spa suites ($600 per night) and five King Billy suites ($870 per night).

The lodge also features a range of two-night packages, from the “Devils@Cradle” wildlife sanctuary option with a Tasmanian Devil night feeding tour ($756 for two nights), through to the bells and whistles “Peppers Food Trail Spa Suite” package ($1636), which comes with a five-course degustation dinner for two, a wine and cheese tasting session and a one-hour spa treatment at the lodge’s Waldheim Alpine Spa.

“If you are looking for a corporate getaway which provides natural inspiration and facilitates clear thinking, Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge is an ideal venue”

Each cabin offers natural views, from the Lodge Lake through to the Pencil Pine River or into surrounding native myrtle forests. The cabins are kitted out with all the options one would expect of a luxury alpine lodge – except for a television, which helps guests “leave the outside world behind”, according to Peppers. Due to its remote location, mobile phone coverage is also limited at the lodge, however, telephones are available in all rooms.

Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge is an especially unique venue for conferences, meetings and corporate retreats. Between minimal technological distractions, plenty of clean, clear air as well as natural, inspirational surroundings, the lodge is a great place to mix business with environmentally friendly pleasure. Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge caters for conference groups mainly in the winter months (peak season is during the warmer months from October to April).

The three main meeting rooms are the Cradle room (with a capacity of 85 delegates) the Pencil Pine room (40 delegates) and Boardroom (15 delegates), and all conference rooms feature multiple breakout areas and an abundance of natural light. Each room also features a range of standard MICE facilities, from data and overhead projectors, screens and whiteboards through to a lectern, dimmer switches and internet access.

The lodge’s events team can also design a program to cater to varying fitness levels of delegates, from guided national park walks and fly fishing (summer only), through to night spotlight tours, wine and cheese tasting as well as cooking classes. Premium spa treatments are also considered an integral part of any incentive and are often sought after by conference organisers for partner programs.

If you are looking for a corporate getaway which provides natural inspiration and facilitates clear thinking, Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge is an ideal venue.